Top 16 Copycat Recipe Sites of 2019
The very best places to find copycat recipes for restaurants
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If you love copycat recipes as much as we do, you've probably been frustrated by how hard it can be to find them. If that's true, then feel free to let out a sigh of relief, because your troubles are over. We've scoured the food blogging world and returned with our Top 16 Copycat Recipe Sites of 2019. From versatile bloggers who create a little bit of everything to dedicated copycat specialists, we've got them all here.
Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the list! We haven't numbered it because (let's be real) it's impossible to pick a favorite. Everyone in this group of super-talented cooks has a wide range of copycats to offer and each has their own unique flavor. You'll be sure to find a few that match your own unique culinary tastes.
No matter what you're looking for, these fantastic bloggers have got you covered. Popular restaurant favorites, discontinued cult classics, grocery store brand items, you name it and they've got it. Not sure where to start? We've included our favorite recipe from each site so you can get a taste of what's to come.
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Stephanie Manley, the mastermind behind this site, is a veteran of both food blogging in general and copycat recipes in particular. If you're looking for all copycat, all the time, this is a great place to go. It's hard to pick just one favorite recipe from Copykat's vast collection, but when you get down to it, it's hard to argue with a hard-to-find classic like Stephanie's copycat Bennigan’s ultimate baked potato soup recipe.
Dinner then Dessert
This site may not be exclusively dedicated to copycats, but that hasn't stopped Sabrina from churning out dozens of crowd-pleasing and creative favorites over the years. From her homemade slow cooker McRib (which is definitely better than the original) to her amazing copycat Wendy's chili, her recipes have proven to be excellent. This year, though, our favorite is her take on Cracker Barrel's hashbrown casserole.
Top Secret Recipes
Instantly recognizable and dedicated to the craft of copycats, Top Secret Recipes is definitely a premier site to get your restaurant recipe fix. After years in the business, it's full of well-honed recipes that taste just like the originals. Right now, our favorite is Todd's version of Popeye's fried chicken sandwich.
It's obvious that there's some serious talent behind the recipes on this site. Chungah's food always looks as good as it tastes, and she's equally excellent at perfecting old standbys and putting her uniquely delicious spin on foods that could have easily been written off as boring. Her Chick-fil-A sandwich recipe is simply one of the best Chick-fil-A copycats out there.
Favorite Family Recipes
The family trio running this site has produced some truly delightful copycat recipes since they began posting in 2007. With that much experience, the site has developed a treasure trove of classic recipes that fans have loved for years. We love finding buried treasures like these. One of our favorites is their almost miraculously flavorful version of Claim Jumper's meatloaf.
Six Sisters' Stuff
One of the best things about copycat recipes is that they remove the barriers that keep us away from some of our favorite foods, whether those barriers are distance, cost, or both. The six sisters of Six Sisters' Stuff have always been great at delivering tasty copycats that let us enjoy some of our favorite culinary memories all over again from the comfort of our own kitchens. Their version of Disneyland's loaded potato soup is a perfect example.
The Slow Roasted Italian
This site aims to take "complicated out of the kitchen," and, especially when it comes to copycats, it is quite successful. Take a look and we're sure you'll agree! Right now we're craving Donna's copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Stix, but be sure to also check out her 20-minute Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits!
This site is about way more than just food, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a wonderful collection of copycat recipes for you to enjoy. If we have to pick one, it'll have to be their version of Winger's Sticky Fingers. They're easy, tasty, and lovingly created from scratch (including the delicious sauce!).
Oh, Sweet Basil
No, basil is not in every recipe on this site (though we wonder what that would taste like!). It is a fact, though, that every copycat recipe we've tried from here has been delicious. For you, we're highlighting a copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ chicken and bacon pizza: a fan-favorite that'll show you all the care and all the wonderful flavors packed into every Oh, Sweet Basil recipe.
Life in the Lofthouse
Holly's recipes are always as delicious as they are easy, but what always impresses us the most is how she can make a simple homemade recipe both look and feel like a restaurant meal. Take her copycat Kneader's chunky cinnamon french toast, for example. French toast is one of the easiest foods you can make, and the Life in the Lofthouse version doesn't overcomplicate things by any means, but when you finish making it you'll take one look at what you've created and instantly feel like a gourmet chef.
Kristyn is constantly surprising us with the sheer variety of delicious recipes she can create. Look through her archives and you'll very quickly find everything from chicken dinners, to soup, to candy and cookies, to steak, to pasta, to cake, and more. We could pick something fancy to feature, but instead, we'll go with a simple twist on a vintage texas sheet cake recipe that looks and tastes like its straight out of grandma's kitchen.
Brown Eyed Baker
Another blogging veteran, Michelle is not without her share of utterly classic copycat recipes. In fact, her bacon jalapeno poppers are one of our most popular appetizer recipes of all time. All of her recipes are delicious and highly approachable, so be sure to check them out!
Oh So Delicioso
It's right there in the name: you know exactly what you're getting when you try a recipe from Des and Kadee. Their wonderful California perspective on food doesn't keep them from crafting recipes that'd be just as at home anywhere else in the country, either. They can handle down-home simple, SoCal fancy, and everything in between. Just take one bite of their old-fashioned Mississippi mud pie and you'll believe it.
Ashton's recipes really are swanky, and not just because it's a fun bit of wordplay with her last name. She started her food blog in 2010 and she's spent the decade consistently crafting delicious recipes with an instantly recognizable sense of fun and style. Desserts are her specialty. Make a batch of her copycat Panera kitchen sink cookies and you'll see exactly why.
Not only is Jo an excellent cook, but her blog is also a perfect place to jump into the world of copycat cooking. Her instructions are thorough, informative, and accompanied by helpful images to guide you along the way. Jo definitely brings her own creative style to her cooking, and it's a style we think you'll love. Try out her homemade version of Texas Roadhouse rolls and see if you agree!
The Recipe Critic
Turns out "The Recipe Critic" is a pretty great cook. Alyssa's food will pull you in with its presentation and then hang onto you by your happy taste buds. There's a little something for everyone on her blog, whether you're after a fancy feast or something quick and simple to add some joy to the end of a long day. There are so many great recipes to choose from, but our favorite this year is her homemade restaurant-style Monterey chicken recipe. Try it out for yourself and you'll be hooked for sure!
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